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Presentation on behalf of Engineers Australia for the "Engineers in Schools" program.

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  1. 1. An initiative of Engineers Australia, Victoria Division
  2. 2. “ Engineers are originators and facilitators. Their role in society is to use a multiplicity of skills to transform concepts into structures, factories, services, systems and manufactured products. They are responsible for the safe and efficient construction and operation of industries and infrastructure. Their activities span most areas of the Australian economy. Their design skills determine the cost of production and the quality of the product. ” Source: Prime Minister's Science Council, 1991, Engineering in Australia. What are Engineers?
  3. 3. Richard Rhimes B.Eng G.Dip Ind Mgt FIEAust AFAIM CPEng CSP(USA ) Principal of Rhimes Consulting Pty Ltd Qualified in Engineering and Management Consultant in Risk Management; Environment, Health and Safety; Quality Systems; Building and Engineering Based on the Mornington Peninsula Carried out work for an Oil & Gas Operation in Victoria and for Mining Operations in Queensland
  4. 4. Previous Roles: <ul><li>General Manager Quality & Risk at Qantas Airways Limited, based in Sydney for 7 years. Staff of 45 aviation technical professionals. Department budget of $A12 million and custodial assets of $A10 billion. Offices at Sydney, Tullamarine, Avalon and Brisbane Airports. </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator Risk Management at ExxonMobil Corporation for 1 year post merger and based in Melbourne. Responsible for coordinating major risk management activity in Asia Pacific, mainly refineries and terminals. </li></ul><ul><li>Various roles for Mobil Oil Australia and Mobil Corporation for 26 years: including Risk Management Advisor, EHS Manager/Advisor, Group Loss Prevention Engineer, Operations Manager and Area Engineer. Based in Melbourne, Hobart, Fairfax VA and Princeton NJ USA. Functions covering Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, USA, parts of Europe, Africa and South East Asia. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What does Engineering involve? <ul><li>The application of science and technology to create useful products and services for the community, within the economic, environment and resource constraints. </li></ul><ul><li>Engineers use their specialist understanding of mathematics, science & technology to support most forms of human endeavour. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What do Engineers do? <ul><li>Identify a problem or need </li></ul><ul><li>Seek information, investigate </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Design, create components/products </li></ul><ul><li>Test the solution </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust if required </li></ul><ul><li>Dream, research, make, test, use </li></ul>
  7. 7. Types of Engineering <ul><li>Aerospace engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Agricultural engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Building services engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Civil engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Computer systems engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Electrical engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanical engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Mechatronic engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Minerals engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Mining engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Oil & Gas engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Petroleum engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Renewable energy engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Software engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Structural engineering </li></ul><ul><li>… and much more! </li></ul>Refer to handout for descriptions of these disciplines
  8. 8. Mining/Processing Engineering
  9. 9. Environmental Engineering
  10. 10. Aeronautical Engineering
  11. 11. Mechanical Engineering
  12. 12. Chemical Engineering
  13. 13. Petroleum Engineering
  14. 14. Software Engineering
  15. 15. How Engineering affects us <ul><li>Artificial heart </li></ul><ul><li>Vehicle safety </li></ul><ul><li>Protect environmental systems </li></ul><ul><li>Drinking water </li></ul><ul><li>Sewage treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Computers, Internet... </li></ul><ul><li>Roads & Bridges </li></ul><ul><li>Buildings </li></ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul><ul><li>Power incl. electricity </li></ul><ul><li>Heating & Air conditioning </li></ul><ul><li>And more… </li></ul>
  16. 16. How Engineering affects us <ul><li>Engineering is used by all of us everyday! </li></ul><ul><li>What have you done since you woke up this morning? </li></ul>
  17. 17. What is the role of an Engineer? <ul><li>To ask questions such as: </li></ul><ul><li>Is the project viable & safe? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the processes which underpin it? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we do this more efficiently? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we minimise the impact of the project? </li></ul><ul><li>What lessons did we learn? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Where can Engineering take YOU! <ul><li>All over Australia </li></ul><ul><li>Europe </li></ul><ul><li>USA </li></ul><ul><li>Antarctica </li></ul><ul><li>3rd World Countries </li></ul><ul><li>ANYWHERE! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Why Engineering? <ul><li>Travel </li></ul><ul><li>Serious role </li></ul><ul><li>Satisfaction of seeing what you’ve built </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity of jobs. Learn how to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Management, Banking, Consultant, Insurance, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how things work & improve them </li></ul><ul><li>New, exciting challenges & opportunities everyday </li></ul>
  20. 20. What can an Engineer earn? <ul><li>The average graduate salary for engineers is </li></ul><ul><li>$A54,000 . </li></ul><ul><li>Other professions starting salaries are: </li></ul><ul><li>- Dentistry $74,000 </li></ul><ul><li>- Engineering $54,000 </li></ul><ul><li>- Medicine $50,000 </li></ul><ul><li>- Mathematics $48,300 </li></ul>
  21. 21. Why Engineering? <ul><li>Supply vs Demand </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd highest paying graduate salary </li></ul><ul><li>Recent increase in market </li></ul><ul><li>30yo could earn >$ A120K/year or $75/hour . </li></ul><ul><li>Management salaries?!? </li></ul>
  22. 22. Engineering & YOU! <ul><li>What do you enjoy? </li></ul><ul><li>What interests you? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you thought much about careers? </li></ul><ul><li>Consider Engineering! </li></ul>
  23. 23. Is Engineering for You? <ul><li>Are you creative and innovative? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you quick at learning? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a good memory? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you curious and inquisitive? </li></ul>
  24. 24. Your Career – Preparation <ul><li>What subjects are pre-requisites to studying engineering at university/TAFE? Each university is slightly different when it comes to essential/desirable background studies. Most universities require that you have: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Completed your finishing senior school certificate ie HSC, VCE (entry marks vary at each university) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High level Math's (Advanced or Specialist) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physics (Chemistry may be an advantage depending on the field of Engineering you wish to study) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English (middle grade or better) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check out the engineering pre-requisites with the university/TAFE you are most likely to study at for specific information. You can obtain this information by accessing the DEST education website at </li></ul>
  25. 25. Your Career – Your Choice <ul><li>I am thinking about studying engineering, but I am not 100% sure what engineering is or which engineering field I should apply to study. Do you have a list of engineering fields by description? There are over 200 types of engineering. To discover which field would suit best, read about them on If you are still unsure, talking to a lecturer or a current engineering student or engineer in the field is a great idea. They will be able to point out the subtle differences and the advantages/disadvantage between fields that will help you decide which field would best suit your skills and interests. The Careers Team at Engineers Australia can put you in contact with someone in the field if you don’t know anyone. You can call them toll free on 1300 366 613 or via email [email_address] </li></ul>
  26. 26. Overall Engineering represents….. <ul><li>An opportunity to contribute to society </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity to use your technical and non-technical skills </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity to deal with new technology </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity to develop your people skills </li></ul>